Settle it therefore in your hearts…
The word settle means to fix or to establish. In legal terms when one party sues another party many times they will settle their dispute outside of court by establishing a written agreement that cannot be legally broken.
When Christ made this statement to the disciples it was during His prophesying of harsher circumstances to come. There would be persecution. They (the disciples) would be brought before dignitaries and key authority figures for a testimony. Christ said that He would in that moment give them the words they needed to say – but they must settle it in their hearts!
What does that mean?
Have complete faith and trust in God’s plan.
There was a great element of mystery in what Christ was saying. The trials to come would definitely test their faith – so they must have everything settled in their hearts. They must establish their faith, fix their faith in Christ completely and trust His process.
How is your faith? Is it fixed on Jesus? Have you come to the agreement within your heart that Jesus is the only Way? Have you established in your heart that you will follow no other and boldly stand for Jesus?
We do not know what lies ahead, but Jesus’ end time prophecy has yet to be completed. We must have our faith settled in our hearts so that nothing can cause us to switch directions and cower to the world. He promised He would give us strength and make a way of escape for us in our trials. It is settled! Let it be so in your own heart today!